Parliamentary Naval Politics 1641-49

By M.L. Baumber, published November 1996


The radicals marked their triumph in the Navy by reviving the mixed Navy Commission of 1642, showing very clearly that it was a device to ensure close parliamentary control over the Navy. Yet for a second time its effective authority lasted no more than a year, before renewed allegations of corruption against the merchants provoked complaints from the Generals at Sea. The result was that the Commonwealth government once more shifted the merchant MPs to the Committee of the Navy and Customs.

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Filed under: English Civil War | Mutiny & Discipline | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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